Colour Select – Pros & Cons

10 December 2018

When you walk into any wholesalers or visit the websites of major lighting manufacturers, you will inevitably chance upon fittings that boast 3-in-1 colour temperature options; from residential downlights, oysters, panels, battens and almost every commercial light fitting in the market.

Essentially, to achieve three colour temperatures in one fitting, the LED board would consist of two LED chips; for example, 4000K and 6500K. The third colour temperature is the result of the blending of the two LED chips, with some minor impact from the diffuser and housing colour.

What are the pros and cons for you?


Choice for your customer – no more guesswork, switch between the colour temperatures to decide which options for the various rooms. Warm white is ideal for entertainment and bedrooms, natural white for kitchen and bathrooms and cool white for laundry and sheds.

Reduce Inventory – with 3 colour temperature options in one, never be caught out with no stock of a particular colour temperature or be left with a heap of one colour on the shelf. You can save space for other essential tools of the trade.


Uneven colour temperature – With the blended colour temperature, the colour uniformity dependent on the two dominant LED chips. LED chips degenerate over time and at different rate, which could result in uneven colour temperature. 

Inconsistency in colour – There can be different colour temperatures amongst the fittings installed, technically the fittings are fully functioning and do not impose any electrical risks. However visually it can be unsightly which may result in more than a couple of complaints.

What to look out for?

The colour temperature of a fitting should be fit for purpose and or chosen based on the needs of the customer. Choosing the wrong colour temperature could create a degree of grief for both the customer and the electrician.

That’s why Pierlite’s range of colour select fittings are designed based on the main colour temperatures used in the product vis a vis its application.

For example, our Pierlite Eco LED Colour Select Batten allows you to choose between 4000K, 5000K and 6500K. Whilst the 4000K (natural white) colour temperature is most commonly used in commercial application in the temperate climate zones, 6500K (daylight) colour temperature is the preferred option for tropical and subtropical climate zones. 5000K (cool white) colour temperature provides the customer with a mid-tone option, which is ideal for those who prefers a cooler tone without the blue tint.

With Pierlite’s range of products, you can expect quality and reliability – designed to help you make the best decision for your customers.